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Cowboy Junkies Live at The Ark on 2009-10-05




Disc I (Total Time: 51:25:052 (assumes 2s lead-in gap time for track 01, and 0s gap time between remaining tracks))
01 Applause & Dragging Hooks (Prologue) [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (01:38)
02 Dragging Hooks [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (05:51)
03 Interlude I [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (00:13)
04 Shining Moon [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (04:09)
05 Interlude II [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (00:33)
06 Brand New World [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (05:11)
07 Interlude III [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (00:20)
08 Sing In My Meadow [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (05:59)
09 Interlude IV (Moonlight Mile Backstory) [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (02:53)
10 Moonlight Mile (FOH Gain Shift) [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (05:27) *
11 200 More Miles [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (05:40)
12 Escape Is So Simple [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (05:28)
13 Me And The Devil Blues [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (08:03)

Disc II (Total Time: 54:23:054 (assumes 2s lead-in gap time for track 01, and 0s gap time between remaining tracks))
01 Interlude V [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (00:57)
02 Bea's Song (River Song Trilogy Pt. II) [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (04:27)
03 Interlude VI [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (00:13)
04 Good Friday [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (03:15)
05 Interlude VII (Creative Process Backstory) [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (01:38)
06 Fairy Tale [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (04:30)
07 Interlude VIII (Costume Change) [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (03:16)
08 Angels In The Wilderness [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (05:08)
09 Interlude IX (Satellite On The Bus) [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (00:55)
10 Don't Let It Bring You Down [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (04:11)
11 Interlude X [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (00:08)
12 I Don't Get It [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (03:44)
13 Interlude XI (Recognition & Thanks) [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (04:55)
14 Lost My Driving Wheel [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (06:55)
15 Interlude XII (End Of Set Thanks & Witches Intro) [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (02:21)

Encore (2 songs):

16 Witches (Encore, 1st Song) [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (03:08)
17 Interlude XIII (Banter About A Common Disaster) [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (00:10)
18 A Common Disaster (Encore, 2nd Song) [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (04:08)
19 Final Thanks [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (00:24)

* "FOH Gain Shift"; There is an abrupt change in gain in this track at 3:30. This is not an issue in the recording, but represents something that was done by the FOH Engineer during the performance. The jump in gain is as noticeable as it is owing to the close proximity of the microphones to the FOH loudspeakers.


1 - Applause & Dragging Hooks (Prologue) [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (01:38)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
2 - Dragging Hooks [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (05:51)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
3 - Interlude I [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (00:13)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
4 - Shining Moon [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (04:09)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
5 - Interlude II [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (00:33)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
6 - Brand New World [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (05:11)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
7 - Interlude III [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (00:20)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
8 - Sing In My Meadow [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (05:59)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
9 - Interlude IV (Moonlight Mile Backstory) [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (02:53)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
10 - Moonlight Mile (FOH Gain Shift) [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (05:27) *
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
11 - 200 More Miles [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (05:40)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
12 - Escape Is So Simple [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (05:28)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
13 - Me And The Devil Blues [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (08:03)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
14 - Interlude V [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (00:57)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
15 - Bea's Song (River Song Trilogy Pt. II) [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (04:27)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
16 - Interlude VI [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (00:13)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
17 - Good Friday [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (03:15)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
18 - Interlude VII (Creative Process Backstory) [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (01:38)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
19 - Fairy Tale [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (04:30)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
20 - Interlude VIII (Costume Change) [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (03:16)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
21 - Angels In The Wilderness [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (05:08)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
22 - Interlude IX (Satellite On The Bus) [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (00:55)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
23 - Don't Let It Bring You Down [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (04:11)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
24 - I Don't Get It [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (03:44)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
25 - Interlude XI (Recognition & Thanks) [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (04:55)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
26 - Lost My Driving Wheel [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (06:55)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
27 - Interlude XII (End Of Set Thanks & Witches Intro) [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (02:21)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
28 - Witches (Encore, 1st Song) [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (03:08)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
29 - A Common Disaster (Encore, 2nd Song) [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (04:08)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
30 - Final Thanks [Engineered For Headphone Use]; (00:24)
[MusicBrainz (recording)]
Collection CowboyJunkies
Band/Artist Cowboy Junkies
Venue The Ark
Location Ann Arbor, MI

Source Binaural: via KU-100 + Stereo: via Quasi-ORTF Pair (AT37)>Edirol R-44
Lineage wav>CuBase>wav>db poweramp>flac16
Taped by Mark A. Jay, Immersifi
Transferred by Mark A. Jay, Immersifi

Notes

"Engineered For Headphone Use" - This recording is predominantly binaural (due to the KU-100 mannequin microphone) with some ORTF stereo mixed in. Because of
this, headphones are strongly recommended as this will place the sound at the listener's ears as it was incident upon the manenquin microphone's ears during
recording. Headphones will also eliminate any cross-talk that may otherwise occur when played back over loudspeakers. Best results are likely to be obtained with headphones that approximate FEC (Free-air equivalent coupling) behavior as defined by Moller, Rozenn Nicol, et al.

Edits: Disc 01, track 01; fade in. All others on Disc 01 are 'hard' edits with no fade. Likewise, Disc 02, track 01 (track 15 of 32 in the list) is a hard edit; the only track that fades out is Disc 02, track 19 (track 32 of 32 in the list). Edits have been performed so as to leave the tracks as intact as possible. In general, any given track starts after introductory banter but includes audience applause at the end of each track.

Moonlight Mile: There is an abrupt change in gain in this track at 3:30. This is not an issue in the recording, but represents something that was done by the FOH Engineer during the performance. The jump in gain is as noticeable as it is owing to the close proximity of the microphones to the FOH loudspeakers.

Reviews

Reviewer: njpg - - October 6, 2011
Subject: Me & my wife sat & played Rummy while listening to this,
and Don't Let It Bring You Down started up. We love Cowboy Junkies.
Reviewer: JWH, Minneapolis - - November 23, 2010
Subject: Great band, Great recording
I really enjoy the Cowboy Junkies and the Immersifi recording captures the true live-sound experience. It is a joy to listen to a live recording and feel like you're in the audience and hear such a high quality of sound, separation and clarity.
Reviewer: PhillipG - - October 26, 2010
Subject: "I don't Get It by Cowboy Junkies" - THE MIX
The musicianship of CJ is great. Soul, sound and mood. Songwriting does not get better than this. Great grooves. Well done!
Now, the recording. When you think, that it's all captured live, and sounds BETTER than most of contemporary productions. I listened to FLAC on
Audiofire 12 > Mackie 1604 VLZ Pro with preamps bypassed ( tapped the inserts)> audiotehnika AT HM 50
Really "being there" sound. Not just being there, well balanced mix,pleasant mid range, warm round bass,drum sound is just right - detailed and spacious. Vocals are intimate, yet have nice reverb around it. The depth and width of this mix is much more exciting than anything on the radio at the moment. I felt like it was record from 70's.
I must say Mark A Jay is one very talented engineer. The guy is using 4 mics total - and it sounds so balanced. Obviously you need to spend years doing it, and have great pair of years to get it right like this.

Inspiring recording. Keep the soul alive!
Phillip G
Reviewer: bebopbeep2010 - - October 22, 2010
Subject: You're in the room...
The clarity of the recording is stunning. Immersifi has done a superb job of creating a hybrid of binaural / stereo sourcing, with excellent balance between these mics. This is one of the better venues that the CJ's have recorded in, so it really shows off the capabilities of this type of High Def recording. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: JoeG13 - - October 10, 2010
Subject: Very Cool
I have been looking into binaural recording and I have always liked the Cowboy Junkies. I stumbled onto these recordings and I am very impressed with the quality of the recordings. It is very cool to listen to these through headphones as is suggested. I've listened to board feeds and other recordings of Wilco concerts, but this is something else entirely. Nice job to Immersifi for getting the Cowboy Junkies.
Reviewer: CommunityRecordsL3C - - September 10, 2010
Subject: Being There
I can't believe my luck! No way could I afford to hear the Cowboy Junkies live at The Ark. Or so I thought. I've been a fan since The Trinity Sessions, but lost track of them after a show at Meadowbrook in the 90's. So good to be back. And speaking of The Trinity Sessions, this recording has some of the same precious open-air sound. It's just like being there at The Ark. I've got half-a-mind to gather up 50 of my closest friends w/headphones and a couple handfuls of splitters and have a "Just Like Being There" concert party. Is that legal? Sane?

Thanks for the recording, Immersifi! Much love to you and your crazy-sexy-cool mannequin-head microphones!
Reviewer: dpguitarman - - September 3, 2010
Subject: Totally Sweet Recording!!!
I am new to the Cowboy Junkies and starting to really dig them. From this interest, I heard about the company, Immersifi. These chaps are doing some innovative stuff for live recording. I am not sure how they do it, but these live recordings when listening through headphones, gives you an eerie feeling your are actually in the audience. It's like nothing I have ever heard. I am a musician coming from both a classical acoustic guitar and electric rock perspective, so it comes as no surprise to me how complicated recording the rich textures of a live environment can be. These Immersifi cats got it down. Of course all this recording is for nothing without the talent of Cowboy Junkies. What a great band. I look forward to exploring more of their music.
Reviewer: tellytelly - - September 3, 2010
Subject: A Must Hear
If you're a Cowboy Junkies fan, or even just a fan of live recordings, this is a Must Hear (and through headphones). The depth of the tracks are fantastic.

Truly enjoyable.
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